Steven Tyler Exits ‘American Idol’

American Idol Season 11

After just two seasons with American Idol, rocker Steven Tyler has decided it is time for him to depart the Fox series as a judge. Tyler’s reason for departing his post is so that the artist can focus on Aerosmith.

“After some long…hard…thoughts…I’ve decided it’s time for me to let go of my mistress ‘American Idol’ before she boils my rabbit,” said Tyler. “I strayed from my first love, AEROSMITH, and I’m back – but instead of begging on my hands and knees, I’ve got two fists in the air and I’m kicking the door open with my band. The next few years are going to be dedicated to kicking some serious ass – the ultimate in auditory takeover…On Nov. 6, we are unleashing our new album, Music from Another Dimension on the Earth, Moon, Mars, and way beyond the stars…Idol was over-the-top fun, and I loved every minute of it…Now it’s time to bring Rock Back. ERMAHGERD.”

While fans and the cast and crew are sad to see Tyler go, President of Alternative Entertainment of Fox, Mike Darnell, had nothing but good words to say about Steven’s role on the show in both season 10 and 11. “It’s been a tremendous honor to have Steven – one of the most prolific artists in the world – on AMERICAN IDOL for the past two seasons. He’s been a terrific judge, a true friend and great mentor to everyone involved with the show, and we know he’ll continue to be a huge inspiration to IDOL hopefuls for years to come. We are very sad that Steven has chosen to focus more on his music, but we always knew when we hired a rock ’n’ roll legend, he would go back to the music. We all wish him all the best and would love to have him back on the show anytime.”

Word on who will replace Steven Tyler as a Judge on ‘American Idol’ has yet to be announced. Who would you like to see take his place on the competition series?